Lax security for the growing number of appliances, televisions, cars and other everyday items connected to the Internet will prompt a wave of litigation in coming years, some lawyers have predicted.

The number of devices connected to the Internet worldwide, currently estimated at 25 billion, is expected to reach 50 billion by 2020, according to technology company Cisco. The fastest growth is in what is known the “Internet of Things”—devices other than computers, smartphones or tablets that rely on Wi-Fi signals to transmit data.

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